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How coronavirus is giving us a crash course in a different moral universe

Duty has replaced desire as the imperative of our time, says the Bishop of Kensington

By Graham Tomlin  

Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Archive/PA Images

There was something counter-cultural, as there often is, in the Queen’s speech to the nation about coronavirus. She often speaks about duty and responsibility. This time she spoke about “self-discipline and quiet, good-humoured resolve.” These are, to be honest, not qualities we have tended to prize in recent times.

One of the things we do value in modern life is the right, as the American Declaration of Independence put it, to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The…

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